Stockport Borough Council will pay £160,000 to a former employee in an out-of-court settlement over a race discrimination case.
Justin Idehen, the former head of engineering, was upset over alleged changes to his job. He claimed the council had re-graded his job, changed his responsibilities without consultation and refused to adjust his pay in line with fellow staff on a similar grade.
An internal investigation by the council, headed by the chief executive, upheld the complaint but found no evidence of racial discrimination. Idehen took his case to employment tribunal.
Stockport Borough Council decided to settle out of court. A spokesman said, "Although we were confident of success in the tribunal, relations between the employee and management had broken down so fundamentally that there was no alternative to a parting of the ways."
The council denied the settlement was an award of damages. "Mr Idehen was not forced out of his job, it was a mutually agreed settlement and a mutual parting of ways."
The CRE urged councils to check their policies are free of race bias.